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Here (below) is my visual resume. It seeks to showcase my experience as breadth (in my case, companies developing materials, products, and services for a variety of learners), range (of organizational situations from startup to turn-around to realignment to success-sustaining), and magnitude (both revenues and staff size managed) in a single visual frame. This resume is not designed to be an all-inclusive document – in fact, some important details are missing; for example, I worked at Houghton Mifflin Company twice, once (success sustaining) focused on college markets and once (re-alignment) on K-12 markets. Perhaps some of these details are important to even an initial understanding of my work. Notice also there are no dates - so a reader would miss that the bulk of my career has been spent developing for the college or adult-level learner. To explain this and other key details, a more traditional narrative resume would follow, but this visual resume can serve as a conversation starter and to set context.


Make a list of key experiences that have influenced you or demonstrate your suitability for the field. Look for themes that connect them. You do not need to write a narrative resume where you try to include everything – you have your application, resume, and potentially an interview to do that. Instead, focus on one key theme and then choose the stories/experiences that best support that theme. With any clinical exposure you may have had, you want to emphasize what you learned. When writing about research experience, you should try to convey qualities such as creativity, initiative, and original thinking. Focus on your contribution rather than your research topic.

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Subject: Major, Martin W. Joyce; accomplishments/narrative resume (page 2)

The list of activities and honors should be selective and grouped logically into categories, as in a resume or curriculum vitae, and some very brief description could be used amidst this list to give context as necessary. Most important, though—in that the writer has the opportunity to interpret and persuade—is the writing of the personal statement. Excellent Rhodes personal statements are infused with concrete examples, a self-reflective tone, a showcasing of priorities and service, and an overall picture of yourself as a person of accomplishment and character. Some applicants make the mistake of seeing the essay as an academic mini-thesis or a narrative resume, while others treat it as an exercise in purple prose. Some even seem to make a demand for the scholarship or grovel at the feet of the selectors. Such poor visions of what a personal statement should be explain why the Rhodes application calls for the essay to be “written in as simple and direct a manner as possible.” Meanwhile, remember the bottom line about the goal of the personal statement in the eyes of the readers: describing your specific area of proposed study and reasons for wishing to study at Oxford.